Chateau Musar Rouge 1969 750ml
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Chateau Musar Rouge 1969

Bekaa Valley - Lebanon

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Rated 92 by Wine Advocate
The 1969 Chateau Musar is fresh and bretty, a big, concentrated and powerful wine that is aging brilliantly. Silky in texture (a common feature of Musar; I always suspect I can thank the Carignan and its acidity for that), it is gripping on the end and beautifully constructed. It fleshes out in the glass magically, becoming fuller and more lush. At times, this made me quite enthusiastic. It is remarkably young for its age. For all of its many virtues, however, it will, unfortunately, be the bretty notes on which many will fixate. They were very powerful and kept getting stronger. While I am not personally one to dissolve into panic at every whiff of brett, it is at a point here where it has to restrain even my enthusiasm, at least a little and at least from this bottle, which might well have been the superstar of the flight in many respects. It does detract from a rather superb performance. I’d still drink it, because it is otherwise brilliant. Your mileage may differ. Brett does tend to be subject to bottle variations – if you encounter a bottle with less intensity in that regard, it should be an even bigger winner. Drink now-2025.

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Country: Lebanon

Lebanon has been producing wines for over five thousand years, and was once home to the Phoenicians – perhaps the first great viticulturists whose influence spread all over Europe and the middle east, and resulted in many of the great wine regions we know and love today. Lebanese wine culture in the modern age in mainly centered in the eastern part of the country, where the climatic conditions and terroir is ideal for growing a wide range of native and imported grape varietals. Indeed, along the Syrian border, wineries have long been cultivating many fine French grape varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache, which make up for a large proportion of all the grapes grown in the country. Lebanese wineries are certainly on the increase, as more demand for the country's wines has led to a relative boom in viticulture over recent years, with the number of wineries doubling in the last decade.